The SolAir research project addresses a technology development for cost reduction and further commercialization of Concentrated-Solar-Power (CSP) tower plants.
SolAir team 2003 on top of CESA 1
Philippe_Per_Bernhard SolAir project
SolAir 3 MW setup CAD
It was the objective of this project to develop and demonstrate a new air Volumetric-Receiver technology based on the good HitRec project results. Which was Silicon Carbide ceramic VR units resulting in improved reliability and performance with reduced component costs for better performing solar tower power plants. A expectation originating from the success of the Volumetric-Receiver technology was to qualify the innovative receiver design. Used SiC ceramic materials for the experimental VR unit (now increased to 200 kWth - SolAir200). Hereafter to demonstrate the technology in yet a scale-up test receiver system (3 MWth - SolAir3000) on the 90 meter high CESA tower at Plataforma Solar de Almeria in south of Spain.
The key ceramic SolAir VR units mounted next to each other to receive all the concentrated solar power. The square shaped ceramic Volumetric Receiver Units (VR-units) 140×140 mm across were all developed by Stobbe Tech A/S from Silicon metal infiltrated Silicon Carbide extruded honeycomb ceramics and cast Silicon metal infiltrated Silicon Carbide cups. In larger numbers manufactured by Stobbe Tech at SGIK GmbH from Silicon metal infiltrated Silicon Carbide.
VR-units 140x140 for Solair
receiver support in the air
Udo Hack mount SolAir receiver parts
The European Community (EU) partners covered all the sector's involved in / needed for the R&D project for the advanced air Volumetric-Receiver composed by:
- Abengoa / INABENSA, the Spanish industrial partner – hidrogeno.abengoa.com
- DLR, Germany with scientific capabilities in the field of solar thermal concentrating technologies with special knowledge of R&D of air Volumetric-Receiver - dlr.de
- Ciemat including availability of Europa’s largest solar test beds on the ”Plataforma Solar de Almeria” in South-Spain - ciemat.es – www.psa.es
- CERTH / CPERI, Greece with scientific capabilities in the field of material science - apt.cperi.certh.gr
- IBERESE, Spain performing cycle optimization of the (CSP) tower plants
- Stobbe Tech, Denmark for the development, manufacturing and supply of special ceramic VR units for the air based Volumetric-Receiver – stobbe.com
Project title: “Advanced solar volumetric air receiver for commercial solar tower power plants”
This fantastic project project was sponsored by the EU commission under FP5 – “Energy, Environment and sustainable development” with the EU scientific officer Dr. Philippe Schild - and the partners.
Project period: 1999 to 2003